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Sofia's Story

Skull Base Tumor

Sofia Giansiracusa presented with double vision and was soon told by doctors in Boston she had an inoperable, malignant skull base tumor. Looking for a solution, her father took Sofia to Johns Hopkins where she worked with a team from the Departments of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery.

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Dr. Masaru Ishii

Treatment Team

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The Johns Hopkins Skull Base Tumor Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to your care, with collaborative input from a team of neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, radiation oncologists, ophthalmologists and medical oncologists to determine the best treatment plan for patients.

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Condition Information

Skull base surgery may be done to remove both benign and cancerous growths, and abnormalities on the underside of the brain, the skull base, or the top few vertebrae of the spinal column.

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